Siavush Randjbar-Daemi is Lecturer [Assistant Professor] in Iranian History at the University of Manchester, UK. His main research interests are the nature and evolution of the State and political movements and organisations in modern and contemporary Iran. His first monograph, The Quest for Authority in Iran: A History of the Presidency from Revolution to Rouhani is under press with I.B. Tauris. His latest article, “Down with the Monarchy: Iran’s Republican Moment of August 1953,” focuses on a little-studied element in the August 1953 turmoil in Iran, the attempts for the creation of a Republic which emerged in the final days of the Mossadegh government.